youth and education news
Volume 2 December, 2011
House of Snow
That same iglu is now included in the NMAI's new imagiNATIONS Activity Center which opened last fall.
Laura Krafsur (Tlingit/Haida) is the NMAI's development officer. She recalls one day during the testing process:
I remember dozens of young children running at me excitedly shouting “IGLOO!!!!!!” She found it interesting that they knew what a snow house is and called. Many school-age children are aren't familiar with Native American culture or vocabulary.
Families immediately started working together in informal teams. The youngest and smaller children were inside the iglu finding the blocks. Parents and older kids were on outside finding scattered blocks and helping stack them.
Parents would explain how the igloo stayed up because of the strength of the arch. They thought it was neat that Native peoples of the Arctic figured that out.
Language and culture weren’t problems when building the igloo. Visitors from different places speaking different languages worked together building the igloo just fine.
Sometimes Krafsur had to explain that it's critical to build an iglu in a spiral. Visitors were fascinated to learn that it's impossible to build an igloo without following a spiral pattern. They also learned that Native peoples built their homes with available materials from their environment.
Many said they were impressed at how quick it was to build an igloo. They also admired how clever the Arctic peoples must have been to figure it out.
How to build an igloo
- A Boy Among Polar Bears - BBC
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